Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador has one goal in life - to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe. Being leader of the known universe isn't all it's cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. But as things are changing, he's changing - into what, though, he isn't sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, and he's employed the crew of El Cazador to help him do it. Not everyone agrees with his plan, though. His own people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth coming out. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.